SMASHING: Windows Shattered At Boystown Costume Shop; Five Arrests In Wrigleyville Overnight

Two display windows were intentionally shattered at a popular Boystown costume shop and 19th district officers racked up at least five arrests in two hours along the Wrigleyville bar strip overnight.

Manequins peer out from behind a shattered window at Beatnix
this morning. Image: CWB reader “R”

Halsted Damage

At 1:45AM, two men were reportedly breaking out display windows as they walked northbound on Halsted from Roscoe Street. Piles of broken glass lie on the sidewalk and two windows are boarded up at Beatnix, 3400 N. Halsted, this morning.
The offenders, described only as men, were last seen westbound on Newport. One wore a red hat and dark jacket, the other wore a striped red hat. 
Another window that was broken at Beatnix costume shop overnight.
The entrance to Roscoe’s Tavern can be seen at left.
The Beatnix incident came moments after its neighbor, Roscoe’s Tavern, reported that a man who had apparently been kicked out an hour earlier returned and was attempting to break a window. That offender was described as male, black, wearing a black hat and red jacket.
All of Roscoe’s windows are intact this morning. It is not clear if the glass has been replaced or if the offender was unsuccessful in his attempt to cause damage.
Beatnix’s windows were also targeted in a major street fight that broke out at Roscoe and Halsted during last year’s Pride Fest weekend.

Somebody better get that mopped up. The Northalsted Merchants Alliance’s first annual “Winter Fest” gets under way at noon and we can’t be having broken windows at the epicenter of Boystown.


Meanwhile, the Wrigleyville and Boystown bar strips sucked up more of our precious resources when the lightly-staffed entertainment detail had to call for regular beat cars to help with the drunken mess. 
11:14PM — Man says he was threatened by three men near Newport and Halsted.
12:51AM — Man says he was “thrown out into the street” by Roscoe’s Tavern employees.
12:58AM — Fight near Sluggers bar at Clark and Eddy.
1:06AM – Fight at Red Ivy, 3525 N. Clark. One “combative” offender is arrested.
1:46AM – That guy who said he was thrown into the street by Roscoe’s employees has returned and “broke the window.”
1:46AM — The Beatnix damage reported above takes place.
2:30AM — Disturbance at Rockwood, 3466 N. Clark.
2:37AM – Fight at Rockwood.
2:37AM – Someone trying to kick in the door at Einstein Bagels, 3455 N. Clark.
2:37AM – Fight at Clark and Cornelia
2:39AM – Entertainment detail calls for more cars at Slugger’s, 3540 N. Clark
2:40AM – Paddy wagon called to Clark & Eddy to hold an arrestee
2:41AM — Fight in front of Sluggers’ “Dueling piano” sign.
2:45AM – Fight at Rebel Bar, 3462 N. Clark
2:46AM – Paddy wagon called to Rebel to hold two arrestees, one of whom is combative with officers.
2:49AM – Entertainment detail sergeant asks for any available 19th district cars to patrol Clark Street. Two beat cars are stationed on the north end of the strip because the dwindling detail officers are “all on the south end with these fights down here.”
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